The Knowledgebase is a permaculture resource developed by the Permaculture Association. Please support us in developing and updating the site so that we can share the benefits of permaculture widely. You can do this by becoming a member today. In return, we will send you monthly news, the members journal Permaculture Works, and more!

Green building methods

Straw bale house

Green building methods describe a series of processes that minimize the environmental impact that a building has throughout its life; from initial design through to eventual dereliction or demolition.

Key focuses of green building methods are the use of natural, recycled and sustainable building materials; efficient design and use of water and power systems; reduction in pollution and waste; and minimizing damage to the local ecosystem during and after construction.

This subject area focuses on construction and design techniques; energy technologies; water and sewage; and natural disaster resistance. Self-build and tools are dealt with in other sections of the Knowledge Base.

The 52 Climate Actions website also has a useful practical action page on this subject: Build with green materials